What is an Internship?
An internship is job training for careers. Internships are geared towards undergraduate students who wish to gain experience in their fields. An internship gives you the experience employers want and can help you decide if your current career choice is a good one for you.
Benefits of an internship:
- Get on the job experience
- Test out your current career choice
- Build a professional network
- Be part of a team
- Improve your communication skills
- Gain experience in a professional setting
1) Search for Internships
There are many internship opportunities out there, it's just a matter of finding one that works for you. It is important to consider your goals when searching... Why do you want an internship? What are you hoping to learn? When are you available? Where do you want to work?
Below is a list of places that you can look for internships:
- Geography jobs list serve: Emails containing internship, volunteer, and other job opportunities are sent out regularly. To sign up, send an email to GeographyJobsemail@example.com with "Subscribe" in the body of the email.
- Blugold CareerLink: This network is for UW-Eau Claire students only, and provides many different listings for jobs and internships in the area. For more information on this, see http://www.uweccareerservices.org/
- Get that Gig
- Internship and Job Listings from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul
- Internship King
- Federal Internships
2) Prepare a Resume
A resume is a collection of achievements, experience, and skills that serves to market you to a potential employer. These are very important when applying for internships- they can either make or break your chances at a job. Simply having a resume isn't enough: it needs to be concise, relevant, have a good design, and be tailored towards the job you're applying for.
Check out these example resumes for students in the geography/anthropology department:
This is it. You've found an internship that appeals to you, you've tweaked your resume to relate to it, now the last step is to apply. This could mean a number of things. First, you may need to write a cover letter. These usually accompany your resume, and serve as an introduction to your application. This means that this is often the first thing that the employer sees, so make it count! Here are some tips when writing your cover letter:
- Be enthusiastic
- Use key words
- Independent, hard working, active learner etc.
- Make sure you can back this up using examples, but be concise!
- Be specific to the position for which you are applying
- Connect the skills from your resume to the job description
- Highlight how you will fit into their organization
- Be overly informal
- Be too wordy
- Regurgitate your resume
- Make vague statements
For more information on writing your cover letter, visit http://www.uwec.edu/Career/students/jobsearch/covletters.htm